Exchange Programmes


In the last years, the European Commission has launched several bilateral Exchange Programmes with North America and the Asia-Pacific Region, namely Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the USA. They all aim at promoting better relations between their citizens, and improving understanding of cultures, languages and institutions. The programmes are designed to facilitate the acquisition of skills needed for the global knowledge-based economy.

Every bilateral programme funds different projects, initiated exclusively by universities.

More than 12.000 individuals from the EU as well as the partner countries have participated in one of many projects.

All students who are currently participating or already have participated in one of those projects of the bilateral programmes are eligible to register for the OCEANS Network.



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Student Guide

The Guide for the EU co-operations with the industrialised countries has been updated.
This Student Guide is envisaged to assist you throughout the whole period of your involvement in one of the many mobility projects between the EU on one side and six industrialised countries cooperating on a bilateral basis with the EU in the field of higher education on the other side: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the USA. This Guide aims to provide information from the very beginning when you want to find out more about the programme, to the moment when you get ready to return home after having successfully finished your studies abroad. You can download the PDF document here.